Wednesday, May 19, 2010

God's Graduation Gift

One graduation gift came early during my senior year. I will always treasure the miracle of its arrival.

Graduation loomed before me. As it got closer I wanted to put on the brakes and slow down my senior year.

At first, the thought of life after high school seemed exciting. The future held mystery, excitement --the unknown. Those unknown elements began turning to fears. Adult life held responsibilities and decisions. It would definitely be life outside the safe nest of home life.

I woke up early before church one Sunday early in spring. I tried to read my Bible and pray but my thoughts filled with worry and wonder about college and majors and career choices. What if I made a wrong decision?

Arriving at church, I was delighted to find my close friend home from college, I slid into the pew next to her. She gave me a quick hug as she shared her open hymnal with me.

During the second song, my friend held up one finger, silently motioning that she had something for me. She grabbed her Bible and rustled through the pages until she found what she wanted to show me.

My friend didn't know the questions or burden that I brought to church that day. Out of the blue she opened the Word to share this verse:

For I know the plans I have for you,
declares the LORD,
plans for welfare and not for evil,
to give you a future and a hope.
Then you will call upon me
and come and pray to me,
and I will hear you.
You will seek me and find me,
when you seek me with all your heart.
Jeremiah 29:11-13

God gave me a very special graduation gift that day. It wasn't really early--it arrived just when I needed it. He heard my fears and He answered with a promise.
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  1. How awesome that your friend, home from college, shared that Gift from God with you, just when He knew you needed it.
    That is what almost every young person with graduation approaching needs to read! Thank you for sharing this with us!

  2. This gave me the chills, what a wonderful story.
    Perfect timing with the school year coming to an end.
    God Bless,

  3. That scripture is so beautiful. What a wonderful gift the Holy Spirit gave you working through your friend. I am sure Jeremiah 29:11-13
    is still precious to you. Thanks for sharing>

  4. One of my favorite verses. Thank you for reminding us that God puts special people in our lives. Hope you have a nice weekend.

  5. Wonderful gift and a great message for graduates today.


  6. What a wonderful God we serve to grant you His peace through your good friend's thoughtfulness! I love it when He does that! Thank you for sharing and have a beautiful weekend.


  7. What a timely post! I hope someone (who may be walking in the shoes you once wore) sees this and is similarly lifted up!

  8. What a wonderful gift. It was a gift from your friend, but more importantly, a gift from God. Thank you for sharing this experience with us.

  9. Just love these verses~ read them at another blog today too! What a special gift God gave you that day through your friend. We can always rely on the promises of God. Thank you for reminding me of that today.

  10. HIS timing is always perfect and when HE knows our hearts and quiets our fears and concerns...isn't it just so humbling! HE loves you sooo!

  11. I love that He gave you just what you needed...a reminder to me that He's there...watching us....and giving us what we need.

  12. He is always on time--and this verse totally states His heart for us--one of my favorites. Thank you for this blessed reminder.


  13. Thank you for sharing your story

  14. A perfect verse for the time when you needed it.
    A dear friend is a blessing.


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